Nativity Appeal

posted Dec 21, 2012, 8:40 AM by   [ updated Dec 21, 2012, 8:42 AM ]

Dear Friends & Supporters of St. John’s Academy,

It is with real joy that we greet you in this season of the Nativity Fast, as the whole Orthodox world prepares for the coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Here at St. John’s Academy, the Life in Christ grounds everything we say and do as the only K-12 Orthodox school in North America, and all our students, teachers, staff and families are united with you in spirit as together we make ready to greet this solemn and joyful Feast.

The St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy has undergone some wonderful changes over the past year, all of which are making their mark on a positive new era in the school’s life. We have a new Principal, Mr. Seraphim Winslow, who is working together with the Academy’s previous Principal (now Superintendent, Archimandrite Irenei) to oversee a staff of some of the finest teachers in the Orthodox, classical tradition, working with an ever-updated and strengthened curriculum to deliver a truly first-rate education to our students. Our student body continues to grow and diversify in our embrace of the diverse Orthodox heritage: we have students this year from the Russian, Greek, Arab, Romanian, American, Georgian and other local Orthodox Churches, as well as new students who are from other traditional Christian communities, who wish to grow closer to Holy Orthodoxy. Indeed, St. John’s has been truly blessed, as we strive with full devotion to live out our mission and foster the Classical Mind, Christian Heart and Community Spirit.

We are pleased to be able to report to you, that with fervent prayers and diligent planning, we have set out to buttress our school against the current general economic  crisis. This crisis has severely affected our families and school community. By God’s mercy and grace, our actions have provided us with a way through our immediate financial concerns. Budget and structural reforms that were put into effect last year, have allowed St. John’s to operate thus far in the 2012-2013 school year without a deficit: which is a marker of our growth and the great support we receive from our families and friends.

But we cannot continue to meet these burdens without the support of YOU, the friends of our academy. The support you offer each year is an essential ingredient in keeping the school financially viable, and ensuring that we remain able to live out our Orthodox witness day by day, while providing an education that has no parallel. Could we rely on your support once again in this Nativity season? The December-January-February period is one of the school’s most financially challenging, and the responses to this annual Nativity appeal letter are a lifeline to ensure we operate smoothly into the new year. Would you consider writing us a check, or phoning the school in order to make a donation by credit card? As always, every single penny we receive goes directly toward sustaining the life of the school: buying school supplies, supporting our teachers, providing educational resources, and ensuring longer term financing for the Academy.

We know that times are difficult, which is why we value your sacrifices for Orthodox education all the more. This month, would you consider a generous contribution to underwrite the life of St. John’s? We welcome and encourage you to send us the names of those you would like to have commemorated before the relics of our school’s patron, St. John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco. That we may offer them up before God at a special prayer service said with the children.

Above all, please remember the Academy in your prayers, by which we are sustained and encouraged in all our efforts. On behalf of all our students, our teachers, our families, parishes and friends, we greet you in advance with the warm joy of the Feast!

 In Christ,


Mr. Seraphim Winslow                                    Archimandrite Irenei

Principal                                                            Superintendent